Flipped Learning is a way to transform and enrich the learning experience for both teachers and students. The “flipped classroom” refers to a form of blended learning in which the students learn online by themselves, typically at home, and homework to be done in class with teachers and students discussing. Principal Greg Green, one of the key pioneers of the Flipped Learning movement, has given us some insights on running his flipped school at Clintondale, and the light bulb moments for educators who see it in action.
Hundreds of educators have visited my flipped school, and they are often pleasantly surprised at the end of their day long visit. Many have assumed that flipped learning involves properly integrating all of our technologies into the classroom.
They mention video sharing sites, like YouTube, Khan Academy, Canvas, and Edmodo.
However, after spending time at my school, our visitors often have a light bulb moment – it is not the technologies, but the proper alignment of instructional routines and practice, and a more informed framework for decision making, that makes our flipped learning model viable.
What we have begun to distinguish for people is that flipped learning is not based on an ever changing landscape like technology.
We will always use the latest technologies available to us, but choosing the most sensible technologies based on our academic learning, work objectives and our prior skill sets, is what makes our innovation and our tools most scalable. As educators, we have always known that if we better align our resources, tap into our learning expertise and support our students more fully, they will thrive.
Moving forward, educators who are routinely doing our most crucial learning activities in places and spaces that can’t support it, will never make sense.
Fortunately for schools and teachers, we now have real classroom and school examples that we can use to model and move our own initiatives forward. Finally, we have ways of rethinking our instructional practice – the light bulb has come on. Suddenly we feel as though we are now working with the grain, instead of against it.
It is a great time to be an educator.
– Written by Greg Green, the principal at Clintondale High School in Clinton Township, Michigan.
Read more about Greg’s Flipped Classroom model here.
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